I recently tried overGrive to sync my Google Drive account to my computer.  After trying it for about a week I was quite pleased with it.  There are a lot of options but my needs were very simple so it did what I needed.  Also, the $5 price tag made it a no brainer.

Roundcube is the default webmail software as of Plesk 11.5.22 released on 02-Apr-2013.

If you are running Plesk 11.5.22 or greater you do not need to continue with these instructions. Please consult the Plesk documentation.

If you prefer to update your Roundcube immediately after a new release or have a need to tweak files in the Roundcube installation (plugins, skins, etc) then you can install your own custom Roundcube with these instructions.

 

I'm sure there are numerous ways to install Roundcube webmail on a server running Plesk 11 with Red Hat/CentOS 6.x but here is how I did it.  The key focus of my approach is to take advantage of the Plesk infrastructure as much as possible and minimize any custom changes outside of Plesk.

Some of the advantages of this approach are:

  • By staying within the Plesk environment you take advantage of Plesk's management of the environment (Apache, PHP, FastCGI, etc) while avoiding any unintended conflicts with Plesk.  I've used Plesk for quite a few years and although it's more forgiving than it used to be I still find that configuration changes made outside of Plesk can cause problems, especially during updates/upgrades.
  • You can use the Plesk Backup Manager to backup the Roundcube installation and restore to multiple servers making it much easier to set up Roundcube on a new server.
  • The same approach can be used for Windows and Linux servers.

This procedure should work for versions of Roundcube prior to 0.8.x, Plesk 10 and Red Hat/Centos 5.x but I haven't tested it.  It should also work for Windows servers if you start at Step 2 (again, I haven't tested it).

 

Owncloud is a web based, open source cloud storage application that allows anyone to host their own cloud service.  By hosting your own service rather than using a commercial cloud service you and your clients maintain control over your data and personal information.

I'm sure there are numerous ways to install Owncloud on a server running Plesk 11 with Red Hat/CentOS 6.x but here is how I did it.  The key focus of my approach is to take advantage of the Plesk infrastructure as much as possible and minimize any custom changes outside of Plesk.

Some of the advantages of this approach are:

  • By staying within the Plesk environment you take advantage of Plesk's management of the environment (Apache, PHP, FastCGI, etc) while avoiding any unintended conflicts with Plesk.  I've used Plesk for quite a few years and although it's more forgiving than it used to be I still find that configuration changes made outside of Plesk can cause problems, especially during updates/upgrades.
  • You can use the Plesk Backup Manager to backup the Owncloud installation and restore to multiple servers making it much easier to set up Owncloud on a new server.
  • The same approach can be used for Windows and Linux servers.

This procedure should work for Plesk 10 and Red Hat/Centos 5.x but I haven't tested it.  It should even work for Windows servers (again, I haven't tested it).

 

Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) is a repository of packages maintained by a group of Fedora project volunteers for use with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and it's derivatives such as CentOS and Scientific Linux.

One of the stated goals of the project is "EPEL packages are usually based on their Fedora counterparts and will never conflict with or replace packages in the base Enterprise Linux distributions".